Thursday, March 20, 2008

Down time in the Hills

Ell and I just returned from our beloved Hocking Hills. We take a trip there (at least) once a year, and usually with friends. Our goal for the last thirteen years has been to take someone new every time we went. We've only succeeded about half the time, but this was the third year in a row we were successful. And we had a blast.

The absolutely amazing and breathtaking scenery aside, it's so awesome to spend quality time with people you love. Whether it's cooking or smoking our pipes or sitting in the hottub or hiking or sharing a quiet talk or the hundred other things that happen over those few days, the trip is so great. We love sharing the beauty of the place with our friends, and we love being able to allow the time to refresh us.

With my job turmoil and Ell's crazy schedule of late, this trip may have been the most needed one in a few years for both of us. Ell wasn't able to erase the cafe from her mind or schoolbooks from her suitcase, but she was able to catch up on some sleep. She took three naps on Sunday alone and at least one on every other day we were there. I was able to talk out some of the mixed emotions in my brain with guys and ladies who I respect in personal and professional capacities.

I'll leave you with one of the scenes from our trip. Even though it's only one of a number of places we hike to, the beauty of it will hopefully show you why we love the area so much. (Our friend Jess took the picture.)


Blogger Laura said...

It really was awesome to be there with you and our amazing friends. Even though it was short it was a big rejuvenation and we all needed that. Thanks for writing. I enjoyed the naps so much. I love you babe!

3:01 PM  
Blogger Kyle said...

so what if that was what you came home to every day...

4:15 PM  
Blogger Kimmy said...

Glad you got the chance to get away. Good for you! It looks like a beautiful place too.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Melissa Blair said...

Beautiful! And so relaxing. You should blow that up to a poster size and hang it on the wall!

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not one mention of my amazing blue stilton burgers? Whatever dude.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

That picture is just beautiful!

6:17 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Good point, Grant. Sorry.

I forgot to mention that the eats on this trip were to die for. Omelets, pancakes, great cheeses, mexican night, homemade pizza, grilled veggies, and maybe the most amazing burger I've ever had. Thick, a little pink, juicy, and with pieces of mega stinky cheese folded into the ground beef before cooking. Oh yeah, they were amazing. Grant, you are a genious.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Sounds like just what the doctor should order all of us!

How beautiful...

Hope it sticks with you for weeks to come.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Zoooma said...

Hot tub, hiking, darn good eats, and scenery like that?! I've never heard of Hocking Hills but it sure sounds like a wonderful time!!

And now that I've looked it up I'm astounded that that's in Ohio. Really??!? Wow. I've driven through Ohio many times but my vision of that state is it's kinda boring. You gotta lake, you've got highways, Cleveland, Cinci, Columbus. Yada yada yada ... but wow, that great picture surely shows there's true beauty in Ohio that I never knew about.

Glad you had a great time, Sam!

7:50 AM  

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